Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current IssuesAuthor: Peterson Institute for International Economics
16 Jan 2019

Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.

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    Trade Talks Episode 67: Blood Trade

    Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown speak with Alice Fulwood (The Economist) about what is behind the $150 billion of annual trade in blood plasma products. They cut through the mystery of the exploding trade flows by explaining technological advancements, value-added, regulatory differences across countries that affect supply and demand, and intriguing developments and patterns of the industry’s cross-border supply chains.

  • Posted on 15 Jan 2019

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    Trade Talks Episode 66: Paul Krugman Talks Trade

    Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown sit down with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman (CUNY and New York Times) in a wide-ranging interview about international trade. They discuss NAFTA, labor standards, and the USMCA (2:25); the current toxicity of trade politics (8:00); the wonky economics of comparative advantage versus increasing returns to scale trade (16:55); when and why the trade world changed (21:30); trade’s impact on US wage inequality (25:10); more wonky economics of strategic trade policy (29:30); China’s trade and industrial policy (34:45); what the Trump administration gets right about trade (39:40); and more.

  • Posted on 17 Dec 2018

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    Trade Talks Episode 65: What Would a Trump-China Deal Look Like?

    Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown explain the recent 90-day agreement between Presidents Trump and Xi that puts on hold further tariff escalation between the United States and China. They speak with Mark Wu (Harvard Law) and former Obama administration official Caroline Atkinson about the complexities of negotiating with China over intellectual property enforcement, cyber theft, and the forced transfer of technology arising through joint ventures.

  • Posted on 09 Dec 2018

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    Trade Talks Episode 64: (Trade) Dealing with Europe

    Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown speak with veteran trade journalist Alan Beattie (Financial Times) about the complexities of negotiating with the European Union on trade. They discuss the European Union’s dealings with the United Kingdom over Brexit and the Irish border, as well as how it has negotiated with other countries over regulatory differences, mutual recognition agreements, digital trade, and more.

  • Posted on 29 Nov 2018

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    Trade Talks Episode 63: Can Trump and the EU Strike a Deal?

    Keynes and Bown discuss the prospect of negotiations between the United States and the European Union on a trade deal that would meet President Trump’s objectives of zero tariffs, zero nontariff barriers, and zero subsidies. They speak with Arancha Gonzalez (International Trade Centre) about the two partners’ long history of trade frictions, previous negotiating starts-and-stops, and prospects for a bilateral deal this time around.

  • Posted on 21 Nov 2018

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